De Bruyne, the boy with the golden goals

The great players appear in the great games. In Manchester, at least on the sky side of the city, There are no bigger or more decisive than Kevin De Bruyne. He arrived at the Etihad in 2015, and already in his first continental campaign he scored two goals that will remain in the memory of the sky-blue fans. His first goal with his new team in the Champions League was uA left footed shot in the last minute to beat Sevilla. It wasn’t the best of both of him, just the first. He set the tone for what would become usual on the continental level: his decisive goals.

That same campaign, the 2015-16, City reached the first Champions League semi-finals in its history. The midfielder’s contribution was crucial. He scored at the Parc des Princes and then scored the final goal at the Etihad to beat Paris Saint-Germain. He received, looked for the hole and sent the ball placed next to the post to the delight of the local fans.

Manchester City grew, which was measured against Barcelona in Pep Guardiola’s first season in England. A maturity test for the cityzen project. Again from outside the area, but this time with a direct free kick, De Bruyne put the Mancunians ahead. It was an important win in a disappointing campaign. Although City ended up falling in the round of 16 against Monaco, the celestial seemed to settle among the continental elite. Proof of this was the victory at the Santiago Bernabéu two seasons ago. It was the last match before the outbreak of COVID-19 destabilized the competitionfootball and life in general. On that night in March 2020, De Bruyne wore the captain’s armband in a memorable City comeback that confirmed their spot in the quarter-finals. There they fell by surprise against Olympique de Lyon.

The sky-blues tried again last season. Again with Guardiola on the bench and De Bruyne as the main star on the pitch. City went a step further and reached the first Champions League final in its history. To get to Porto, the Mancunians had to overcome Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain. De Bruyne opened the can against the Germans and equalized the first leg in France. Determining performances and golden goals. Like the one achieved against Atlético de Madrid in the first leg of the quarterfinals on Tuesday night. Something that gives a minimal advantage to the sky-blue team, who will visit the Wanda Metropolitano next week.